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Find out what your peers are saying about F5 BIG-IP vs. Imperva SecureSphere Web Application Firewall and other solutions. Updated: September 2019.
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F5 BIG-IP is used with good applications and functions as an application firewall with additional features. We will not use any feature or any service unless there is a business case and there is a need for implementation.
We're able to do load balancing and global load balancing. When you marry those two products together, you can do a lot more. We're able to deliver our applications more securely and faster. It has improved our deliverability where we have more service across the shared data centers. We can intelligently reach all of those client connections across all of the servers and do it fairly quickly. It has helped improve our application delivery and performance.
It is a fast and available solution.
It is the perfect solution when you have high workloads in your IT environment.
It integrates with AWS WAF, which makes it easy to deploy without changes to your infrastructure.
It improves the overall performance of applications by decreasing the burden on servers associated with managing and maintaining applications and network sessions, as well as by performing application-specific tasks.
Initial setup is easy and pretty standard.
It is a very good, flexible solution. It helps us to catch up on flaws in our partner solutions on top of its load balancing feature.
Compared to other web application firewalls in the market, Imperva does things in the most accurate way.
The dynamic profiling of websites is the solution's most valuable feature. The security is also good.
Data masking is the most valuable feature of this solution.
The solution is very scalable. It is one of the most important features. You can also expand resources and features as well.
There are some features that are configured by default, so even without doing much, it can still provide a level of protection.
It mitigates all of the availabilities of risks around web applications.
The compliance is the most valuable aspect.
It has threat intelligence and we are using Incapsula. With threat intelligence, we can separate HTTP and HTTPS traffic. We can use Incapsula to send all the threat intelligence to the WAF.
The license terms for "non-commercial" will be a challenge for us.
The license terms for "non-commercial" will are challenging for us.
There are issues with F5 BIG-IP but they are minor issues not affecting production and services. Sometimes the operations and the facility systems fail. However, there is an alert action from the windows. An ordeal for the manager.
I would like to see improvement in the manageability and easier setup.
I would like them to have more flexible models.
Performance: Using the product, applications are jittery.
Needs to provide a visual interface to follow a customer's activity (from client to BIG-IP to SNAT IP to the chosen server, then back). Today, we are still performing packet captures.
We would like to see load balancing between the cloud and the on-premise, a straightforward deployment feature.
I think that better bot protection is needed in this solution.
It would be useful if the solution used more intelligence in attack protection. For example, firewalls are to be dependent on the configuration, but if they could have some data science around it the solution would be even better. The profiling of the traffic, and making decisions surrounding that should be intelligence-based, instead of being based on the configuration of the firewall itself.
Some of the features should be included in the next release is a file integrating monitoring tool. This feature should be improved.
The initial setup could be simplified. Every time you have to install the solution you have to get in touch with support or somebody that can to do that for you.
It would be helpful to have a "recommended deployment", or even a list of basic features that should either be used or turned on by default.
Their portal is very limited and needs improvement.
It's a complicated tool to keep.
There could be some limitations that from the converged infrastructure perspective: when you want to converge with everything and you want Imperva to get there easily because it's not a cloud component. For example, when you want to build servers and you're using OneView to manage your software-defined networks, implementing Imperva right away is not that simple. But if you're doing just a simple cloud infrastructure with servers in there, you're good to go. Also, we are not able, with Imperva, to block by signatures. Imperva by itself needs to be complemented with another service to do URL filtering.
Pricing and Cost Advice
They are expensive.
We purchased through the AWS Marketplace because it was a popular way to go, and we were intrigued. The price of this product is not an issue. They have good pricing and licensing.
Unless the price difference is large, this is not the primary concern for the product. The performance and product-related issues (secure for VPN, multi-function for network device, etc.) are the keys.
I would recommend that the cost be lowered.
If you are planning to use security features, better to go for strong hardware and the best bundle license, which is great for web security.
The price is high.
We have found the pricing and licensing on AWS to be competitive.
Purchasing through the AWS Marketplace was good. We chose to go through the AWS Marketplace because everything that we needed was a soft appliance. We needed something to work in Amazon, and this product was available there.
The cost of this solution depends on the platform.
Everybody complains about the price of this solution.
Make sure you understand the way that Imperva charges. It's very affordable. However, I would like to see a package with the Virtual Patching included. You get to do patching separately.
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Also Known As
|BIG-IP, BIG-IP LTM, F5 ASM, Viprion, F5 BIG-IP Virtual Edition , Crescendo Networks Application Delivery Controller, BIG IP|
|The BIG-IP family of products offers the application intelligence that network managers need to ensure applications are fast, secure, and available. All BIG-IP products share a common underlying architecture, F5's Traffic Management Operating System (TMOS), which provides unified intelligence, flexibility, and programmability. Together, BIG-IP's powerful platforms, advanced modules, and centralized management system make up the most comprehensive set of application delivery tools in the industry.|
Web application attacks deny services and steal sensitive data. Imperva Web Application Firewall (WAF) analyzes and inspects requests coming in to applications and stops these attacks.
Protect your applications in the cloud and on-premises with the same set of security policies and management capabilities. Safely migrate apps while maintaining full protection.
Deploy Imperva WAF on-premises, in AWS and Azure, or as a cloud service itself. Easily meet the specific security and service level requirements of individual applications.
Imperva WAF protects against the most critical web application security risks: SQL injection, cross-site scripting, illegal resource access, remote file inclusion, and other OWASP Top 10 and Automated Top 20 threats. Imperva security researchers continually monitor the threat landscape and update Imperva WAF with the latest threat data.
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